Ready for What Career Exactly?

Lee Fisher put it bluntly: “STEM is not as important as critical thinking and problem solving.” He also highlighted the huge difference being choosing a major and choosing a career, noting that “those two conversations are increasingly out of sync” and going on to suggest that we might think of students’ having two majors, one focused on subjects and one focused on skills. Continue reading

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Community Level STEM Support

More importantly though is the creation of a community based organization that can keep its finger on the pulse of STEM needs in our geographic area. With a membership of major employers representing multiple fields of STEM the INTERAlliance is a powerful connector for students to apply their abilities. Besides hosting the annual Olympic-style event, the INTERAlliance aligns students with paid internship opportunities so they can explore what working in a tech field might be like.
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Gaining STEM Skills Via Video Games

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to play video games. My parents subscribed to the “They’ll rot your brain!” theory. So I would sneak up the street and play on the neighbor’s Atari. The Rot You Brain theory, although still endorsed Continue reading

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Making Sure High School is Tough Enough

Is high school tough enough? That’s what a new report from the Center for Public Education, an initiative of the National School Boards Association, is asking. Report authors Chuck Dervarics and Eileen O’Brien, independent education researchers, looked into the rigor Continue reading

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STEM education to blossom along I-95 Corridor

When the grant was announced, education officials called the promise of New Tech in South Carolina a “game changer” for the community because kids will get the opportunity to develop 21st-century skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking that are needed to succeed in the future.

Partnerships with South Carolina business leaders, civic leaders and education leaders have helped pave the way for the creation of 21st-century learning opportunities in the form of two New Tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) high schools. Continue reading

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It’s nice to be noticed

KnowledgeWorks is on the U.S. Department of Education radar in areas that help increase student learning: Process Improvement and Pay and Manage for Results, Educational Productivity, Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning, and New and Alternative Sources of Student Support and Funding.

Ed.gov’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) recently recognized on its website three KnowledgeWorks subsidiaries — New Tech Network, Ohio Education Matters and Strive – for their work in those areas. Continue reading

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eSTEM Academy, an Interest-Based Academy within Reynoldsburg High School

I was lucky to have had the opportunity to visit eSTEM Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, earlier this week. Integrated, rigorous curriculum and the importance of small-learning communities was illustrated in practice by visits to classrooms and testimonials from students who said that choosing to attend eSTEM Academy was one of the best decisions they’ve made. Continue reading

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